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GOP-backed bill would end straight-ticket voting option

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -

Straight party-line voting with one click or mark of an election ballot would be eliminated under a bill being backed by Republican leaders in the Indiana House.

The proposal would allow only votes for candidates for each specific office on the ballot. They still would be identified by their party affiliations.

Republican Rep. Dave Ober of Albion tells The Journal Gazette he's the sponsoring the bill because voters are looking at candidates rather than political parties.

Allen County Republican chairman Steve Shine says he's against the change because in some obscure races voters often rely on party affiliation to make choices. He says ending straight-ticket voting could also mean longer lines at polling places.

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Information from: The Journal Gazette, http://www.journalgazette.net

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